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Mama Africa Restaurant

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178 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre, Western Cape, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 426 1017
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Today
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Sat 18:30 - 00:00
Tue - Fri 12:30 - 15:00
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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142 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing meal and experience at Mama Africa. Make reservations!!! This place is super popular and if you don't have a reservation you may not get in. We didn't have one but were able to sit at the bar since we got there early. The food was absolutely delicious and I would definitely recommend the bobotie, a traditional South... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to taste real African cuisine, you are right at Mama Africa. Nice staff and really good food. Taste the crocodile spit with a tasty peanut dip.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, if there was a 3.5 star rating - I'd give it. If only for the springbok steak. The reason this place loses out is that it has become a little to much like a safari version of McDonalds. Location is great, the occasional live band helps the atmosphere, although nobody really seems to be paying attention. And if you... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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150 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a reservation 3 months in advance because it's always full. When we arrived we sat in a corner, far away from the bar and band. We only way to see the band was via a black and white LCD screen. There's also something wrong with the acoustics, I could hardly understand my partner who was just 50 cm... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were trying to find somewhere for lunch that would serve traditional local food and this was exactly what we wanted - the bobotie was fantastic, and the mixed game kebab perfect for sampling a few different meats, the Springbok in particular was as good as any fillet steak. Definitely aimed at (and priced for) tourists but still worth a... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is awfully gimmicky and doesn't really portray the African vibe. The food is less than average, the service is poor. We felt like it was a real shame that we wasted a meal on our short trip in this average restaurant in a city with such an amazing restaurant scene. Honestly - give it a miss, this is... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took visitors from Zambia and Phillipines for dinner. They loved the food and the live band. They have mentioned to me it is a bit too touristy though, however, with that type of vibe and atmosphere one can only expect it to be popular amongst tourists. Keep up the great work!

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Thank Waheed A
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted try some african dish and everywhere were burgers, pizza and seafood, of course ;) Mama Africa is really nice restaurant with own atmosphere and good meal. Booking is recommended!

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Thank mikecze
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a place to want to have a conversation. Music was too loud and we were seated at opposite end of restaurant to band. Service was slow. Food was uninspiring.

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Thank Kevin J
New Delhi, India
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, let me tell you frankly this place has some good food. Having said that, the restaurant needs to improve on hospitality. First the staff kept us waiting, in spite of having a vacant table and the the service was just average.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3,5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
18:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
Thursday
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
Friday
18:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 15:00
Saturday
18:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre, Western Cape, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 426 1017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?